CHARLESTON, IL – Greyton Irwin Becker, Sr., age 92 of Charleston and formerly of Marshfield, WI, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. His earthly body will be cremated and a Private Family Funeral Service in honor and celebration of his life will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Inurnment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to a humane society of the donor’s preference.
Greyton was born on September 8, 1920, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the only child of Frederick John and Frances Ruth (Babbitt) Becker. He married Ophelia Francisca Ruiz in January of 1947 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to her death in February of 1997. He is survived by six devoted and loving children, Frances Daniels and husband Jerry of Charleston, Ophelia Tubbs and husband Jerry of Overland Park, KS, Pamela Louise Becker of Charleston, Greyton Becker, Jr. and wife Pamela Jean of Falcon Heights, MN, Frederick John Becker III and Peter Christopher Becker, both of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Brian Tubbs, Laura (Stephen) Mullin, Erin (Daniel) Walters, Jennifer (Ricardo) Oliva, Rebecca Becker, Greyton Becker III and fiancé Victoria, and Shaina (Kris) Wagner; and eight great-granchildren. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by Joyce Wundrow, loving wife of son, Frederick.
Greyton was a graduate of Fort Dodge High School and received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Texas-Pan American. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran and during WWII while serving as a military investigator he became fluent in several languages. When living in McAllen, Texas he managed Wilbur D. Kennard Oil and Gas Securities and for many years was secretary/treasurer of Wisconsin Homes in Marshfield, WI.
It was said that Greyton was a “renaissance man.” He was extremely athletic, a swimmer and wrestler and, in 1937, was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher and first baseman for their farm team. He was also musically gifted, could play the trumpet, violin, and possessed a beautiful voice. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid reader - much of his reading was devoted to history and philosophy.
Greyton believed in leading by example. He was a role model for his children as he and Ophelia created a warm and loving Christian home. He had an admirable work ethic and was a leader who earned the trust and respect of his employees. He was known for his kindness, generosity and love of family. Being extremely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he realized the importance of time spent with one another and made them all feel special. His wonderful, yet dry sense of humor was appreciated and will be missed. Greyton was a man of good character and was truly loved by his family and friends who will now hold near and dear their many treasured memories.
Greyton was a member of the Ashlar Masonic Lodge #111 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and he was a lifetime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.